Kenyon Public Library Director, Michelle Otte, with Blue Ribbon Reader Thomas Clark
Thomas Clarke, age 10, is SELCO’s Blue Ribbon Reader for this year’s summer reading program. Thomas frequently uses the Kenyon Public Library and steadfastly pursued the summer theme, Dig Into Reading, by digging into history. Thomas was awarded a blue ribbon and four Minnesota State Fair tickets that be used on any of the 13 days of the Minnesota State Fair – August 22-September 2, 2013.
Michelle Otte, Kenyon Public Library Director, nominated Thomas saying:
The Kenyon Public Library would like to nominate Thomas Clark, 10, as our Blue Ribbon Reader nominee. Thomas has shown great enthusiasm for the Summer Reading Program here at the library. He has read EVERY book in the library on military history for his age in our library. He has even challenged himself on reading adult books on this subject since his reading comprehension is quite advanced. Thomas really impresses me because of his huge interest in American History, which is something that has become rare for children his age. He will always chose to read non-fiction before picking out a fiction book. This year at the Kenyon library we offered the school-aged kids small prizes for every book report they turned in for the months of June and July. Thomas hands down stood out among the rest of the kids, since he has turned in over 15 book reports in less than 8 weeks, along with a reading log, and a “Dig into Reading” trivia challenge. Thomas has three siblings that also have participated in the Summer Reading Program and Thomas shares his energy and excitement for reading with them. Thomas’s positive attitude, energy and mostly, his desire to learn have made him more than qualified to be our nominee for the 2013 Blue Ribbon Reader.
Each year, the Minnesota Summer Reading Program and Youth Services Committee recognizes a Blue Ribbon Reader from each region to celebrate Summer Reading! SELCO libraries were asked to submit the name of one child (K-12th grade age) who showed great enthusiasm in the summer reading program and who deserved to be recognized for summer reading achievements.